|The Raspyni Brothers juggle and jest - TED.com|
Illustrious jugglers the Raspyni Brothers show off their uncanny balance, agility, coordination and willingness to sacrifice (others). Now, if you'll just stand completely still...
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2002; TED; Talks; collaboration; entertainment; humor; physics; 2002
|Allan Adams: The discovery that could rewrite physics - TED.com|
On March 17, 2014, a group of physicists announced a thrilling discovery: the “smoking gun” data for the idea of an inflationary universe, a clue to the Big Bang. For non-physicists, what does it mean? TED asked Allan Adams to briefly explain the results, in this improvised talk illustrated by Randall Munroe of xkcd.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; big bang; physics; TED2014; 2014
|Garrett Lisi on his theory of everything - TED.com|
Physicist and surfer Garrett Lisi presents a controversial new model of the universe that -- just maybe -- answers all the big questions. If nothing else, it's the most beautiful 8-dimensional model of elementary particles and forces you've ever seen.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Leonard Susskind: My friend Richard Feynman - TED.com|
What's it like to be pals with a genius? Onstage, physicist Leonard Susskind spins a few stories about his friendship with the legendary Richard Feynman, discussing his unconventional approach to problems both serious and ... less so.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; culture; history; physics; science; storytelling; TEDxCaltech; 2011
|Manu Prakash: A 50-cent microscope that folds like origami - TED.com|
Perhaps you’ve punched out a paper doll or folded an origami swan? TED Fellow Manu Prakash and his team have created a microscope made of paper that's just as easy to fold and use. A sparkling demo that shows how this invention could revolutionize healthcare in developing countries … and turn almost anything into a fun, hands-on science experiment.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; global issues; health; physics; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Alex Wissner-Gross: A new equation for intelligence - TED.com|
Is there an equation for intelligence? Yes. It’s F = T ∇ Sτ. In a fascinating and informative talk, physicist and computer scientist Alex Wissner-Gross explains what in the world that means. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; intelligence; mind; physics; science; TEDxBeaconStreet 2013; 2013
|Gian Giudice: Why our universe might exist on a knife-edge - TED.com|
The biggest surprise of discovering the Higgs boson? That there were no surprises. Gian Giudice talks us through a problem in theoretical physics: what if the Higgs field exists in an ultra-dense state that could mean the collapse of all atomic matter? With wit and charm, Giudice outlines a grim fate -- and why we shouldn't start worrying just yet. (Filmed at TEDxCERN.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; physics; science; universe; TEDxCERN; 2013
|Leonard Susskind: My friend Richard Feynman - TED.com|
What's it like to be pals with a genius? Onstage at TEDxCaltech, physicist Leonard Susskind spins a few stories about his friendship with the legendary Richard Feynman, discussing his unconventional approach to problems both serious and ... less so.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxCaltech; TED; Talks; culture; history; physics; science; storytelling; 2010
|Brian Greene on string theory - TED.com|
Physicist Brian Greene explains superstring theory, the idea that minscule strands of energy vibrating in 11 dimensions create every particle and force in the universe.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; physics; science; universe; 2005
|Brian Greene: Is our universe the only universe? - TED.com|
Is there more than one universe? In this visually rich, action-packed talk, Brian Greene shows how the unanswered questions of physics (starting with a big one: What caused the Big Bang?) have led to the theory that our own universe is just one of many in the "multiverse."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cosmos; physics; science; universe; TED2012; 2012
|Murray Gell-Mann on beauty and truth in physics - TED.com|
Armed with a sense of humor and laypeople's terms, Nobel winner Murray Gell-Mann drops some knowledge on TEDsters about particle physics, asking questions like, Are elegant equations more likely to be right than inelegant ones?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; physics; science; storytelling; technology; 2007
|Aaron O'Connell: Making sense of a visible quantum object - TED.com|
Physicists are used to the idea that subatomic particles behave according to the bizarre rules of quantum mechanics, completely different to human-scale objects. In a breakthrough experiment, Aaron O'Connell has blurred that distinction by creating an object that is visible to the unaided eye, but provably in two places at the same time. In this talk he suggests an intriguing way of thinking about the result.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; philosophy; physics; science; 2011
|Dan Cobley: What physics taught me about marketing - TED.com|
Physics and marketing don't seem to have much in common, but Dan Cobley is passionate about both. He brings these unlikely bedfellows together using Newton's second law, Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, the scientific method and the second law of thermodynamics to explain the fundamental theories of branding.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; business; marketing; math; physics; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Adam Sadowsky engineers a viral music video - TED.com|
The band "OK Go" dreamed up the idea of a massive Rube Goldberg machine for their next music video -- and Adam Sadowsky's team was charged with building it. He tells the story of the effort and engineering behind their labyrinthine creation that quickly became a YouTube sensation.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; engineering; entertainment; music; physics; video; TEDxUSC; 2010
|Charles Elachi on the Mars Rovers - TED.com|
At Serious Play 2008, Charles Elachi shares stories from NASA's legendary Jet Propulsion Lab -- including tales and video from the Mars Rover project.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; design; exploration; physics; robots; science; space; technology; 2008
|Neil Turok makes his TED Prize wish - TED.com|
Accepting his 2008 TED Prize, physicist Neil Turok speaks out for talented young Africans starved of opportunity: by unlocking and nurturing the continent's creative potential, we can create a change in Africa's future.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Africa; TED Prize; education; math; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Amos Winter: The cheap all-terrain wheelchair - TED.com|
How do you build a wheelchair ready to blaze through mud and sand, all for under $200? MIT engineer Amos Winter guides us through the mechanics of an all-terrain wheelchair that’s cheap and easy to build -- for true accessibility -- and gives us some lessons he learned along the road.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; design; development; disability; engineering; innovation; invention; physics; poverty; science; TEDxBoston 2012; 2012
|Freeman Dyson says: let's look for life in the outer solar system - TED.com|
Physicist Freeman Dyson suggests that we start looking for life on the moons of Jupiter and out past Neptune, in the Kuiper belt and the Oort cloud. He talks about what such life would be like -- and how we might find it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; astronomy; biotech; exploration; physics; science; technology; universe; 2003
|Stephen Wolfram: Computing a theory of everything - TED.com|
Stephen Wolfram, creator of Mathematica, talks about his quest to make all knowledge computational -- able to be searched, processed and manipulated. His new search engine, Wolfram Alpha, has no lesser goal than to model and explain the physics underlying the universe.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; biology; complexity; computers; math; physics; science; simplicity; TED2010; 2010
|David Deutsch: A new way to explain explanation - TED.com|
For tens of thousands of years our ancestors understood the world through myths, and the pace of change was glacial. The rise of scientific understanding transformed the world within a few centuries. Why? Physicist David Deutsch proposes a subtle answer.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; cosmos; faith; history; philosophy; physics; religion; science; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Marcus du Sautoy: Symmetry, reality's riddle - TED.com|
The world turns on symmetry -- from the spin of subatomic particles to the dizzying beauty of an arabesque. But there's more to it than meets the eye. Here, Oxford mathematician Marcus du Sautoy offers a glimpse of the invisible numbers that marry all symmetrical objects.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; architecture; art; beauty; math; physics; universe; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Lee Smolin on science and democracy - TED.com|
Physicist Lee Smolin talks about how the scientific community works: as he puts it, "we fight and argue as hard as we can," but everyone accepts that the next generation of scientists will decide who's right. And, he says, that's how democracy works, too.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; community; global issues; physics; politics; science; social change; 2003
|John Hodgman: Aliens, love -- where are they? - TED.com|
Humorist John Hodgman rambles through a new story about aliens, physics, time, space and the way all of these somehow contribute to a sweet, perfect memory of falling in love.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; humor; love; physics; science; TED2008; 2008
|John Bohannon: Dance vs. powerpoint, a modest proposal - TED.com|
Use dancers instead of powerpoint. That's science writer John Bohannon's "modest proposal." In this spellbinding choreographed talk from TEDxBrussels he makes his case by example, aided by dancers from Black Label Movement.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxBrussels; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; biology; dance; entertainment; physics; presentation; science; technology; 2011
|George Smoot on the design of the universe - TED.com|
At Serious Play 2008, astrophysicist George Smoot shows stunning new images from deep-space surveys, and prods us to ponder how the cosmos -- with its giant webs of dark matter and mysterious gaping voids -- got built this way.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; astronomy; culture; design; physics; science; space; technology; 2008
|Sean Gourley on the mathematics of war - TED.com|
By analyzing raw data on violent incidents in the Iraq war and others, Sean Gourley and his team claim to have found a surprisingly strong mathematical relationship linking the fatality and frequency of attacks.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; TED Fellows; math; physics; war; 2009
|Stephen Hawking asks big questions about the universe - TED.com|
In keeping with the theme of TED2008, professor Stephen Hawking asks some Big Questions about our universe -- How did the universe begin? How did life begin? Are we alone? -- and discusses how we might go about answering them.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; evolution; math; physics; science; universe; TED2008; 2008
|Taylor Wilson: My radical plan for small nuclear fission reactors - TED.com|
Taylor Wilson was 14 when he built a nuclear fusion reactor in his parents' garage. Now 19, he returns to the TED stage to present a new take on an old topic: fission. Wilson, who has won backing to create a company to realize his vision, explains why he's so excited about his innovative design for small modular fission reactors -- and why it could be the next big step in solving the global energy crisis.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; innovation; nuclear energy; physics; science; technology; youth; TED2013; 2013
|George Dyson on Project Orion - TED.com|
Author George Dyson spins the story of Project Orion, a massive, nuclear-powered spacecraft that could have taken us to Saturn in five years. His insider’s perspective and a secret cache of documents bring an Atomic Age dream to life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; NASA; future; history; physics; rocket science; science; space; storytelling; technology; TED2002; 2002
|Michael Moschen juggles rhythm and motion - TED.com|
Michael Moschen puts on a quietly mesmerizing show of juggling. Don't think juggling is an art? You might just change your mind after watching Moschen in motion.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; MacArthur grant; dance; entertainment; math; music; physics; sports; TED2002; 2002
|Paul Rothemund details DNA folding - TED.com|
In 2007, Paul Rothemund gave TED a short summary of his specialty, DNA folding. Now he lays out in clear, abundant detail the immense promise of this field -- to create tiny machines that assemble themselves.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; DNA; MacArthur grant; creativity; nanoscale; physics; science; technology; TED2008; 2008
|Steven Cowley: Fusion is energy's future - TED.com|
Physicist Steven Cowley is certain that nuclear fusion is the only truly sustainable solution to the fuel crisis. He explains why fusion will work -- and details the projects that he and many others have devoted their lives to, working against the clock to create a new source of energy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; alternative energy; climate change; energy; environment; physics; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Henry Lin: What we can learn from galaxies far, far away - TED.com|
In a fun, exciting talk, teenager Henry Lin looks at something unexpected in the sky: distant galaxy clusters. By studying the properties of the universe's largest pieces, says the Intel Science Fair award winner, we can learn quite a lot about scientific mysteries in our own world and galaxy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; physics; science; space; universe; youth; TEDYouth 2013; 2013
|Randall Munroe: Comics that ask "what if?" - TED.com|
Web cartoonist Randall Munroe answers simple what-if questions ("what if you hit a baseball moving at the speed of light?") using math, physics, logic and deadpan humor. In this charming talk, a reader’s question about Google's data warehouse leads Munroe down a circuitous path to a hilariously over-detailed answer — in which, shhh, you might actually learn something.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; art; humor; math; physics; science; TED2014; 2014
|Sean Carroll: Distant time and the hint of a multiverse - TED.com|
Cosmologist Sean Carroll attacks -- in an entertaining and thought-provoking tour through the nature of time and the universe -- a deceptively simple question: Why does time exist at all? The potential answers point to a surprising view of the nature of the universe, and our place in it.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; cosmos; philosophy; physics; science; time; universe; TEDxCaltech; 2011
|Brian Cox: Why we need the explorers - TED.com|
In tough economic times, our exploratory science programs -- from space probes to the LHC -- are first to suffer budget cuts. Brian Cox explains how curiosity-driven science pays for itself, powering innovation and a profound appreciation of our existence.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; curiosity; economics; global issues; innovation; physics; science; space; TEDSalon London 2010; 2010
|Murray Gell-Mann on the ancestor of language - TED.com|
After speaking at TED2007 on elegance in physics, the amazing Murray Gell-Mann gives a quick overview of another passionate interest: finding the common ancestry of our modern languages.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; history; language; physics; 2007
|Brian Cox: What went wrong at the LHC - TED.com|
In this short talk from TED U 2009, Brian Cox shares what's new with the CERN supercollider. He covers the repairs now underway and what the future holds for the largest science experiment ever attempted.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; astronomy; energy; exploration; physics; science; technology; 2009
|Boaz Almog “levitates” a superconductor - TED.com|
How can a super-thin, three-inch disk levitate something 70,000 times its own weight? In a riveting, futuristic demonstration, Boaz Almog shows how a phenomenon known as quantum locking allows a superconductor disk to float over a magnetic rail -- completely frictionlessly and with zero energy loss.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; demo; innovation; magic; physics; science; technology; TEDGlobal 2012; 2012
|Andrea Ghez: The hunt for a supermassive black hole - TED.com|
With new data from the Keck telescopes, Andrea Ghez shows how state-of-the-art adaptive optics are helping astronomers understand our universe's most mysterious objects: black holes. She shares evidence that a supermassive black hole may be lurking at the center of the Milky Way.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; exploration; physics; science; space; technology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Patricia Burchat sheds light on dark matter - TED.com|
Physicist Patricia Burchat sheds light on two basic ingredients of our universe: dark matter and dark energy. Comprising 96% of the universe between them, they can't be directly measured, but their influence is immense.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; astronomy; big bang; education; energy; physics; science; universe; TED2008; 2008
|Wolfgang Kessling: How to air-condition outdoor spaces - TED.com|
During the hot summer months, watching an outdoor soccer match or concert can be tantamount to baking uncomfortably in the sun -- but it doesn’t have to be. At the TEDxSummit in Doha, physicist Wolfgang Kessling reveals sustainable design innovations that cool us from above and below, and even collects solar energy for later use.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; entertainment; environment; global issues; innovation; invention; physics; science; sports; sustainability; TEDxSummit; 2012
|David Deutsch on our place in the cosmos - TED.com|
Legendary scientist David Deutsch puts theoretical physics on the back burner to discuss a more urgent matter: the survival of our species. The first step toward solving global warming, he says, is to admit that we have a problem.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; climate change; cosmos; culture; environment; global issues; physics; science; technology; universe; 2005